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January 21, 1939

Current Comment

JAMA. 1939;112(3):242. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800030052015

THE FOURTH OF JULY RECORD  Elsewhere in this issue (page 236) appears a summary of injuries due to Fourth of July fireworks in 1938. Last year after a lapse of twenty-one years a similar analysis was presented, because of the increase which was being shown by this form of injury. Again fireworks have been demonstrated as a serious menace to life and health; in fact, this year there were actually more individual accidents leading to death from fireworks than in 1937, in spite of the wide publicity given to the 1937 summary by newspapers and public-spirited organizations. The control of fireworks must originate in the legislatures of the respective states. With the present day ease of transportation, only statewide laws can be considered adequate; even their effectiveness is endangered by adjacent states which may lack control measures. In some states, such as Pennsylvania, Indiana and Missouri, the need for effective